It’s the final countdown before I hop on to a plane to travel thousands of miles away from North America to set foot on European soil for the very first time. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, but the timing or the opportunity didn’t always work in my favour. I’m so excited to visit a completely different country and city and to really immerse myself in a new culture. My last vacation was in last December, so I’m well overdue for a getaway.
The first leg of my trip begins in the city of love, Paris. I’ve always seen the Eiffel tower in pictures and in movies so to see it in person will be astonishing. I know it’s a very tourist-y thing to do and see, but what can I say, I’m a typical tourist! I will hit up most of the usuals such as Les Champs-Élysées, Le Louvre, L’arc de Triomphe and Sacré Coeur, but what I’m most excited about is drinking wine and all the café lattés I possibly can while I’m there. When I first booked this trip, I told myself that one of the afternoons during my visit, I want to find a little café and sit on the terrace outside, admire the scenery and watch people go by while I enjoy a café au lait and a croissant. I’m perfectly bilingual so I’m not worried about getting lost in translation or not understanding the signs. I’ll be there for a couple of days before I make my way to Nice where I’ll be getting on board a river cruise that will take me around the Mediterranean.
I started packing for my trip and since I’ll be taking a plane, train and automobile to get from the airport to a hostel to a different city to a boat, I wanted to pack light so that it’ll be easy to get from one place to another. Ok, ”light” might be an understatement. I don’t want to lug around a huge luggage up and down cobble-stoned streets and on public transportations. So far, I’ve managed to fit everything in a carry-on as well as a backpack. I’m actually very proud of myself! I strategically packed in my carry-on my travel LongChamp bag that I’ll be able to check in at the airport on my way back for my souvenirs and European purchases (smart, right?).
The countdown to the day I depart was always months away, but now that I’m within days of leaving, I’m beyond ecstatic. If there are any places to go, things to see or spots to eat, please leave a comment below to let me know!
I’ll definitely write up my trip upon my return, but if you want to keep posted on my travels, be sure to follow me on Instagram and I’ll be using the hashtag #wanderloft. À bientôt!